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Shimmering LEDs Light up Olympic Venues in Pyeongchang

By Chang Min-seok, Kim Seung-jae | January 31, 2018 11:18

Pyeongchang, a small country village just a year ago, has been transformed into a town of glimmering lights ready for the world stage.

The centerpiece of the Olympic host is Alpensia Olympic Park, which is fitted with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). At night, it is impossible to miss the more than 1,721 LEDs that decorate over 160 poles up to 20 meters in the air.

There are also dozens of towers around there such as at the venues for bobsleigh, cross-country skiing and other events, decorated with lots of lights as well.

A venue for skiing events is fitted with lights in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on Tuesday.

Spectators will be able to enjoy the lights during competitions as major skiing events are to be held at night in consideration of the time difference of participating countries, mostly from Europe, which is eight to nine hours behind Korea.

Organizers initially worried that artificial lights, which are too bright, would hamper athletes, but most of athletes, who participated in the test events here last year, did not raise any complaints and rather expressed their satisfaction over the sheer beauty of the display.

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